blighty mam

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Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:46

I thought there were a lot more mosquito's this year, I got bitten 12 times 2 days ago in the middle of the day (shady, dry area).  You do mean mosquito's don't you? Gnat's are anything that flies really!! Some are troublesome, some not so guessing here that it's mozzies you're trying to keep away!

Yes, citronella is good, so's burning lavender oil or lemon eucalyptus. You could use a repellant, the one with DEET, or try putting on some products containing tea tree oil on exposed parts. Wearing sleeves is good to - but not a cardigan full of holes like I did.. I've been reading a lot into this since I became lunch 2 days ago!!

No nice, cute grannie tat in my garden....

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:24

Funny!! Poor gnomes, tell your friend gnomes have feelings too you know!

I don't mind them, they make me smile when I see them in other people's gardens, but I never owned one until now because my partner hates them.  I guess this one he liked being a big kid and a fan of zombies! Did make me laugh tho

No nice, cute grannie tat in my garden....

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:12

I was given this charming zombie gnome for my b'day yesterday by my kind fella as a bit of fun (and he likes to take the mickey over how much I am enjoying gardening).

Am hoping it will scare away the slugs.... '-)


Branches broken off palnts

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 09:51

Grinning at Steve's reply!!

Are they big branches? I watched squirrels completely destroy a young Japanese maple in my old garden. Took all the leaves off and then broke the branches. Happened again to the replacement, so I stopped trying to grow one!

ants in pots

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:12

I get them a lot too. I put ant powder under the pot, and also have just bought some of those ant station things and have hidden them behind the pots. It's hard to win - put a lot of my plants in pots to protect them from slugs and now the ants go for it instead!!  If your plants are really suffering, then you could always repot them?

Clear or green plastic cover greenhouses

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:42

I've had both covers - clear lets more light in as you can imagine but I have grown from seed many many plants in both clear and green without any hassle. The only difference is that the clear covers I've had seemed to rip quicker. I wouldn't bother spending loads of money on them as they only seem to last a year or two - or perhaps I am just unlucky!!

And although glass would be lovely, I too have a tiny tiny garden.  It's also North facing with one tiny sunny spot.. I have to take the greenhouse down each year and put the garden bench there instead. Simply not enough room for both a bench and a greenhouse at the same time, so for me personally I am a big fan of those little plastic greenhouses!

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:30

I've recently tried slug pubs and I think I must have tee-total slugs here because it didn't work, not one little slimy horror was tempted. I remember my mum using them and it was really successful with my dad's home brew, so I guess John Smiths isn't good enough!

I've now gone back to using copper tape around a few pots and slug pellets in some of the pots themselves. I only bother on plants the slugs love to eat, and going out at night with a big bag of value salt I bought from sainsbury's for 20p! Last night they were going for my newly replanted salpiglossis seedlings so I put a ring of salt around it as a quick measure and it's stopped them being munched any further. 

I also found trying to find where they live in the day useful. A lot of ours live under the shed and a few loose paving slabs (garden is a work in progress!) and putting slug pellets under the shed & stones really cut down the amount. They couldn't get out without being poisoned.

Good luck with your fight! Horrible things.

wedding cake tree

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:47

It could be because it's still so young. The other thing is to make sure it has enough water & feed with high potash fertiliser during growing season.  Am sure he'll get there!


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:17

Nice advice, but sadly I don't really think I want this around. I've a strip of ground that is about 2 meters wide and 30cm deep where I grow my beans and peas, and this is where they all are taking over. I am also about 2 meters away from the rest of my soil in the garden, and these spores can travel. I do not want a whole garden full of fungi, I don't think it will be healthy for my cat who loves to lay on the soil under my tree and plants and nor will it look very nice.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 12:38

 Here's the pics. Left alone for 6 days and this is the result!! It's completely covered with various sized ones. They can grow rather big, the size of half my hand.

Any more thoughts?! 

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